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Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (c. 27)
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  Part I General Provisions for Traffic Regulation
                          
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Experimental traffic schemes
Click to open 9. Experimental traffic orders.
9.
Experimental traffic orders.
[ F1 (1) The traffic authority for a road may, for the purposes of carrying out an experimental scheme of traffic control, make an order under this section (referred to in this Act as an experimental traffic order ") making any such provision
(a)
as respects a road outside Greater London, as may be made by a traffic regulation order;
(b)
as respects a road in Greater London, as may be made by an order under section 6, 45, 46, 49, [F2 or 83(2) or by virtue of section 84(1)(a)] of this Act.]
[ F3 (2) An experimental traffic order made by a local traffic authority outside Greater London may, with the consent of the Secretary of State, extend to a road in relation to which he is the traffic authority if the order forms part of a scheme of general traffic control relating to roads of which at least one has a junction with the length of road in question.
(2A) In the case of a road in Greater London for which the Secretary of State is the traffic authority, the power to make an order under this section is also exercisable, with his consent, by the local traffic authority.]
(3) An experimental traffic order shall not continue in force for longer than 18 months.
(4) Subject to Parts I to III of Schedule 9 of this Act, where
(a)
an experimental traffic order has been made for a period of less than 18 months, and
(b)
the order has not ceased to be in force,
the authority by whom the order was made may from time to time by order direct that it shall continue in force for a further period ending not later than 18 months after it first came into force.
(5) Where an experimental traffic order made by [F4 a London borough council or the Common Council of the City of London] has not ceased to be in force, and the Secretary of State is satisfied that
(a)
an order which [F4 the council] propose to make under any of the provisions of this Act specified in subsection (1)(b) above has the sole effect of reproducing and continuing in force indefinitely the provisions of the experimental traffic order (whether or not that order has been varied, or has been modified or suspended under section 10(2) of this Act), and
(b)
in consequence of [F4 the council] causing a public inquiry to be held into the order so proposed to be made, they would be unable to make it so that it would come into operation before the experimental traffic order ceases to be in force,
the Secretary of State may, at the request of [F4 the council], from time to time direct that the experimental traffic order shall continue in force for a further period not exceeding 6 months from the date when it would otherwise cease to be in force.
[ F5 (5A) So much of section 4(1) or 7(1) of this Act as provides for a presumption that a traffic sign is lawfully placed shall apply for the purposes of an order under this section making any such provision as is referred to in that subsection.]
(6) In this section and section 10 of this Act road ", in relation to Greater London, includes any street as defined by section 6(6) of this Act.
Amendments (Textual)
S. 9(1) substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para. 23(2); which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch.2 and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3,Sch.
Words in s. 9(1)(b) substituted (1.7.1992) by Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40, SIF 107:1), s. 48, Sch. 4, para. 24; S.I. 1992/1286, art. 2,Sch.
S. 9(2)(2A) substituted (1.11.1991) for s. 9(2) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para. 23(3); which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch. 2 and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3, Sch.
Words in s. 9(5) substituted by Local Government Act 1985 (c. 51, SIF 81:1), ss. 1, 2, 8(1), Sch. 5 para. 4(4)
S. 9(5A) inserted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108), s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para. 23(4); which insertion is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch. 2 and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3,Sch.
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
S. 9 restricted by Local Government Act 1985 (c. 51, SIF 81:1), ss. 1(2), 8(2), Sch. 5 para. 6(3)
S. 9 restricted by Local Government Act 1985 (c. 51, SIF 81:1), s. 8(2), Sch. 5 para. 12
S. 9 restricted (4.1.1995) by 1994 c. 39, ss. 7(2), 44(2); S.I. 1994/2850, art. 3(a), Sch. 2
S. 9 modified (1.7.1992) by S.I. 1992/1217, reg. 3(1)(c) (with reg. 11)
S. 9 modified (1.7.1992) by S.I. 1992/1217, reg.5 (with reg. 11).
S. 9: power to make orders extended (S.) (1.4.2002) by The Forth Estuary Transport Authority Order 2002 (S.S.I. 2002/178), art. 9 
Click to open 10. Supplementary provisions as to experimental traffic orders.
10.
Supplementary provisions as to experimental traffic orders.
(1) An experimental traffic order
(a)
may provide for the suspension or modification, while the order is in force, of any provision previously made by or under any enactment, if it is a provision that could have been made by the order; and
(b)
shall, to the extent that it is inconsistent with any provision subsequently made by or under any enactment, cease to have effect.
[ F6 (2) An experimental traffic order may include provision empowering a specified officer of the authority who made the order, or a person authorised by such a specified officer, to modify or suspend the operation of the order or any provision of it if it appears to him essential
(a)
in the interests of the expeditious, convenient and safe movement of traffic,
(b)
in the interests of providing suitable and adequate on-street parking facilities, or
(c)
for preserving or improving the amenities of the area through which any road affected by the order runs.

The power conferred by such a provision shall be exercised only after consulting the appropriate chief officer of police and giving such public notice as the Secretary of State may direct.]
[ F7 (3) Any such power to modify an experimental traffic order as is mentioned in subsection (2) above does not extend to making additions to the order or to designating additional on-street parking places for which charges are made; but subject to that the modifications may be of any description.]
(4) No appeal shall lie to the Secretary of State from the [F8 commissioner for the Metropolitan Traffic Area under section 42 of the Transport Act 1985 in the case of a decision of the commissioner with respect to a London local service licence if and so far as he certifies] that the decision was necessary to secure conformity with an experimental traffic order prescribing
(a)
the routes to be followed, or roads which are not to be used, by vehicles affected by the decision, or
(b)
the places in roads where such vehicles may or may not wait, or
(c)
the stopping places for such vehicles.
(5) The Secretary of State may repay to [F9 a London borough council or the Common Council of the City of London] any expenses incurred by [F9 that council] in connection with any experimental traffic order made by them.
[F10 (6) The reference in subsection (4) above to the Metropolitan Traffic Area shall be construed as if it were contained in the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981.]
Amendments (Textual)
S. 10(2) substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108) s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para. 24(2); which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch. 2. and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3,Sch.
S. 10(3) substituted (1.11.1991) by New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22, SIF 59, 108) s. 168(1), Sch. 8 para. 24(3); which substitution is in force for Scotland only by S.I. 1991/2286, art. 2(2), Sch.2. and for England and Wales only by S.I. 1991/2288, art. 3, Sch.
Words substituted by Transport Act 1985 (c. 67, SIF 126), s. 1(3), Sch. 1 para. 15(3)(a)
Words substituted by Local Government Act 1985 (c. 51, SIF 81:1), ss. 1, 2, 8(1), Sch. 5 para. 4(5)
S. 10(6) inserted by Transport Act 1985 (c. 67, SIF 126), s. 1(3), Sch. 1 para. 15(3)(b)
Click to open 11. Contravention of experimental traffic order.
11.
Contravention of experimental traffic order.
[F11 (1)] Any person who acts in contravention of, or fails to comply with, an experimental traffic order shall be guilty of an offence.
[ F12 (2) This section does not apply in relation to any experimental traffic order so far as it designates any parking places in Greater London.]
Amendments (Textual)
S. 11 renumbered as s. 11(1) (5.7.1993, 4.10.1993, 6.12.1993, 31.1.1994 and 4.7.1994 respectively for specified London boroughs and otherwiseprosp.) by Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40, SIF 107:1), s. 65(3) (with s. 79(1)); S.I. 1993/1461, art. 3(1)(b); S.I. 1993/2229, art. 3(b); S.I. 1993/2803, art. 2(b); S.I. 1993/3238, art. 2(b); S.I. 1994/1482, art. 2(a), Sch.; S.I. 1994/1484, art. 2(a)
S. 11(2) inserted (5.7.1993, 4.10.1993, 6.12.1993 and 31.1.1994 respectively for specified London boroughs and otherwiseprosp.) by Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40, SIF 107:1), s. 65(3) (with s. 79(1)); S.I. 1993/1461, art. 3(1)(b); S.I. 1993/2229, art. 3(b); S.I. 1993/2803, art. 2(b); S.I. 1993/3238, art. 2(b).
Modifications etc. (not altering text)
S. 11 excluded (temp.) ((1.10.1991) (E.W.) (16.6.1997) (S.)) by Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40, SIF 107:1), s. 76(3)(b) (with s. 79(1)); S.I. 1991/2054, art. 3,Sch.; S.I. 1997/1580, art. 2
S. 11 excluded (temp.) (prosp.) by Road Traffic Act 1991 (c. 40, SIF 107:1), ss. 43, 84(1), Sch. 3 para. 2(4)(b); which exclusion is in force for England and Wales only on 1.10.1991 by S.I. 1991/2054, art. 3,Sch.
Click to open 12. Experimental traffic schemes in Greater London.
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Amendments (Textual)
S. 12 repealed (subject to saving in s. 294(2)-(8) of the repealing Act) (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, ss. 294(1)(a), 423, Sch. 34 Pt. VI (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.
Click to open 13. Contravention of regulations under s. 12.
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Amendments (Textual)
S. 13 repealed (subject to saving in s. 294(2)-(8) of the repealing Act) (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, ss. 294(1)(a), 423, Sch. 34 Pt. VI (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2, Sch.


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